Warm Water Lakes

Mesa, Arizona

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Winter locks Arizona’s mountain trout streams in snow and ice, while spring floods fill them with winter runoff. If you’re looking to wet a line during these seasons, our warmwater lakes are just the places for you. The bass fishing can be very good in the spring, as well as in the fall if the temperatures aren’t too cold. All these lakes are close to Phoenix and make for an easy day trip. Most fly fishers have fallen into a groove of fishing only for trout. This isn’t necessarily practical in Arizona for much of the year. That’s when bass, pike, bluegill, crappie, and even carp fishing can save what could be a terribly boring winter. These lakes can be your ticket out of the winter doldrums. All these stillwaters were formed by dams on the Verde and Salt rivers. This water storage provides irrigation for farms in the Valley of the Sun and for Phoenix metro area's drinking water. They’re surrounded by deep canyon walls and saguaro and ocotillo cactus. Quite a backdrop for fly fishing! Type of Fish: Bass, crappie, bluegill, pike, and carp. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.

Warm Water Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"Winter locks Arizona’s mountain trout streams in snow and ice, while spring floods fill them with winter runoff. If you’re looking to wet a line during these seasons, our warmwater lakes are just the places for you. The bass fishing can be very good in the spring, as well as in the fall if the temperatures aren’t too cold. All these lakes are close to Phoenix and make for an easy day trip. Most fly fishers have fallen into a groove of fishing only for trout. This isn’t necessarily practical in Arizona for much of the year. That’s when bass, pike, bluegill, crappie, and even carp fishing can save what could be a terribly boring winter. These lakes can be your ticket out of the winter doldrums.

All these stillwaters were formed by dams on the Verde and Salt rivers. This water storage provides irrigation for farms in the Valley of the Sun and for Phoenix metro area's drinking water. They’re surrounded by deep canyon walls and saguaro and ocotillo cactus. Quite a backdrop for fly fishing! Type of Fish: Bass, crappie, bluegill, pike, and carp. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Mesa
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Spring, winter, and fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Warm Water Lakes

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6/5/2004
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Beautiful ski lake - also great for fishing. A few camp sites accessible by boat are well worth packing in and out of.



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May 2018